Two things about climate alarmists. First, they imagine catastrophes despite the evidence against them. Second, they assume the right to drastically change the way others live:
LIKE many working couples, Anne and Russell Secombe (picyured) decided to find a place by the sea where they would eventually retire to live out the rest of their lives pursuing simple pleasures.
In the 1970s, the couple, now in their 80s, found it, a modest single-level brick house at 23 Illaroo Rd, Lake Cathie, a town on the NSW mid-north coast…
But yesterday the Secombes’ sense of hard-earned stability collapsed when they discovered they could be among the first victims in Australia to be dispossessed of their home. Not because of any existing environmental threat, but because the local council believes climate change could pose one by the end of the century.
In a move that struck incredulity, alarm and fear among locals, Port Macquarie Hastings Council put a study on the council website recommending that council enforce a “planned retreat” for the owners of the 17 houses on Illaroo Road. The area is one of 15 “hot spots” identified by the NSW government as being vulnerable to the effects of sea level rises due to climate change, as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
For Illaroo Road residents Kylie Outtrim, a nurse, and Stephen Hunt, a financial planner, yesterday marked “D Day” for making a property already devalued by council actions now unsellable. Illaroo Road is about 7m above mean sea level, so there’s no danger of flooding.
Bizarre. Global warming is said to threaten the houses, so the council’s solution is to destroy them anyway – and sooner. Which makes the council a worse threat than global warming.
Simple solution. It’s called “buyer beware”. You want to buy a house on the beach? Then it’s up to you whether to take the risk that when you turn 150, monster seas might lap at your front gate. Or not.
Council: butt out.
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.